Widen the path of opportunities and continue to leave a powerful and positive legacy in this world.


— Luis Fonsi

Our Mission

Our mission is to leverage the business community to provide disadvantaged and disengaged young people with access to resources necessary to start up and grow entrepreneurial ventures.

Our Vision

Our vision is a level playing field where even the most disadvantaged young people are able to pursue and achieve their entrepreneurial goals while improving both their lives and their communities.

We formed in 2003 to open alternative education programs for disadvantaged and disengaged young people living in large urban centers. We have operated programs in Chicago, Milwaukee, Miami and parts of Michigan. We have developed innovative curricula and programs along the way. And, most importantly, we have educated thousands of students, providing them with the means to make positive changes in their lives, obtain their high school diplomas, and achieve success in their post-secondary endeavors.

In 2015, we started an entrepreneurial training program in one of Chicago schools. We noticed that the program increased attendance and academic performance while reducing negative behaviors. From this experience, we realized the true power and effectiveness of teaching entrepreneurship to disadvantaged and disengaged young people in an educational setting.

In 2018, we started Making Moguls as a new division of our nonprofit organization. Making Moguls provides disadvantaged young people who possess an entrepreneurial spirit with the tools and resources necessary to capitalize on it. Making Moguls provides its young entrepreneurs with training, mentoring, funding and other resources which not only help them succeed in their entrepreneurial studies and in business, but also place them on paths to becoming community leaders.

After spending time with young budding entrepreneurs living in challenging environments, our team has noticed a few things. Despite significant economic and social barriers, these hard-working young people are incredibly determined to succeed. They see their ventures as paths to better lives through business growth and by obtaining valuable and transferable workplace skills.

But we have also observed the serious challenges our young entrepreneurs encounter in terms of resources and support when compared to entrepreneurs who have the advantage of coming from more affluent backgrounds.  In an effort to level the playing field, we started Making Moguls to provide highly enterprising but disadvantaged young people with free training, mentoring, funding, resources and other support necessary to start, grow and sustain their businesses.

In the Making Moguls logo, the rising arrow represents the upward trajectory of our young entrepreneurs. The curves in the arrow represent the challenges our entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. Making Moguls helps our young people navigate these challenges and keeps them on rising paths to success.

We at Making Moguls believe that our ambitious young people will eventually reach their goals — in both business and life — largely through their entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and determination. And with a little help from Making Moguls, we are confident they will become business and community leaders, and even true moguls!

Barry Cohen

President, Making Moguls

Meet Our Founders

Barry Cohen, Co-founder & President
Barry Cohen, Co-founder & President
Barry Cohen, Making Moguls President, has more than 15 years of experience in the educational innovation arena, and a diverse background in accounting, law and business. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University and his Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Barry represented businesses for over a decade at large Baltimore law firms. In 2003, he left the private practice of law to become an entrepreneur in the education field, opening and operating alternative and therapeutic schools, and developing innovative curricula. He has developed effective business structures and streamlined administrative work both for his companies and as a consultant to other companies. He has opened numerous schools and educational programs with a focus on changing the landscape of urban education for the most disadvantaged and disengaged students. Through these programs, thousands of students have been educated, have received their degrees and have achieved post-secondary success. Barry is also active in his community and sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Eric Carlton, Co-founder & Vice President
Eric Carlton, Co-founder & Vice President
Eric Carlton has nearly 30 years of experience in the education arena. He served as a special education teacher, assistant/associate principal, and principal of a large public high school. Eric later became a regional vice president of a national educational services company. In 2003, he started an organization to operate alternative and therapeutic day programs. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in African Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Masters of Science in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and Education Specialist Degree from Walden University. He is certified in Administration, Special Education and Instructional Leadership and belongs to numerous associations. Eric has received significant accolades, including the AdvancED Illinois Leadership Award and Excellence in Education Award, the Maryland Governor’s Citation for Excellence in Instructional Leadership, the Baltimore Mayor’s Community Partnership Award and UMBC’s Alumni of the Year Award. He is involved with several nonprofit boards and has worked with AdvancED for the past twelve years, serving as a lead evaluator and as the chairperson of its Illinois Performance Management Group. Over the past 30 years, Eric has been instrumental in improving the lives of thousands of disadvantaged students.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Education is the great engine of personal development.”
Nelson Mandela